Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is one of his most famous plays that embrace the theme love, hate and death. The play is a tragically devastating love story about Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a complex play of heart that revolves around their romance and their parent's hatred for each other's family. Two characters that exceedingly alter the lives of both Romeo and Juliet are Mercutio and Friar Lawrence. Mercutio is Romeo's best friend, who is known to be a comedian among their group of friends and Friar Lawrence is Romeo's advisor, who wants to bring peace among the Capulet's and the Montague's and help his dear friend Romeo to solve his love dilemma. In the play, Mercutio is famous for his Queen Mab speech (Act 1, Scene 4) and Friar Laurence for his soliloquy (Act 2, Scene 3) both speeches are placed in the novel at such a point where they hold the maximum amount of relevance to the tragic end of the play. The body of this essay will consist of three paragraphs. The first of the three will break down and introduce Mercutio's speech, the second will do the same to Friar Lawrence's soliloquy and the third will discuss the details and what the two speeches reveal about their characters, the imagery that intricately connects itself with the characters and scenes in the play followed by the purpose of the speech in William Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet.

Mercutio is known to be a quick wit, hot tempered, comedian who is Romeo's best friend in the play. He is famous for his Queen Mab speech in the play Romeo and Juliet directed by William Shakespeare. The Queen Mab speech sounds like a fairy tale. Shakespeare uses imagery of a little Queen who flies through the air in a small carriage, driven by a "Wagoner" who is a gnat. On the surface, the speech Mercutio is making seems like it is the sweetest possible connection of words put together but in reality it is the exact opposite. The speech uses a lot animal imagery. For example, Queen Mab's...
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